The success of many of our recreation and environmental programs depends on the volunteer efforts of the members of our community. If you're looking for a way to make a difference, meet new people or expand a hobby, there are many different ways you can participate to match your skills or areas of interest.
How to Volunteer
View the volunteer opportunity descriptions to see what suits you best. Maybe you have an interest in helping others, want to learn more about the community or meet other friendly, helpful people. We welcome:
- Students age 16 and up with parent or guardian signature, ages 13-16 with parent or guardian supervision. Volunteer hours may apply to service learning project hours for high school or college credit.
- Adults age 18 and up
- Groups – Corporations, non-profits, service organizations, etc.
To volunteer as an individual, print and complete the Volunteer Application or Golf Volunteer Application and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Oakland County Parks
2800 Watkins Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328
Once received, we will contact you to discuss the potential of a volunteer placement. If an appropriate placement cannot be arranged at that time, we will keep your application on file up to one year. As opportunities become available, we will notify you.
To speak to a volunteer coordinator or schedule a group volunteer event, call 248.975.9717 or email@example.com.
Current Volunteers: Monthly Volunteer Time Sheet
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:
Year Round - 7 Days a Week
Dog Park Ambassador
Volunteers will serve as an onsite resource for park patrons at Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Red Oaks dog parks. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
Saturday April 25, 2015
Spring Cleanup Day
Red Oaks County Park
9:00am - 12:00pm
Volunteers will help by lending a hand at the annual spring cleanup day. Make it a family outing or a healthy activity to share with friends or coworkers!
Bring work gloves and a rake. Drinks and snacks provided.
Parking is at the Red Oaks Waterpark with a shuttle to the cleanup site. Details: Nature Center Cleanup
Sunday May 3, 2015
Mom 2 Mom Sale
Oakland County Market
Volunteers needed: 2
7:00am - 2:00pm
Volunteers will help with set-up and tear-down of the event; assist event vendors as needed; and help at the registration table.
Volunteer Opportunities throughout the parks system
Assist in hosting special, sport and social events for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, seniors and veterans. Activities include special events, socials, tours, teaching and adapting sports skills for individuals with disabilities.
Bicycle Motocross (BMX at Waterford Oaks)
Track maintenance begins in April. Assist in the weekly operation of BMX by providing technical assistance at practices and races. Duties include bike inspection, registration, scoring, staging, corner marshaling, and concessions.
Campground Hosts and Labor
Assist campers by answering questions, explaining the rules in a pleasant and helpful manner, providing directions and assisting with check-in. Volunteers may also help with maintaining flower beds and monitoring restrooms for cleanliness.
Memorial Day-Labor Day
Assist with activities including arts and crafts, DJ dances, face painting, games, etc. for campers at Addison and Groveland Oaks. Theme weekends include carnival, comedy fun day, July 4th festivities, blues bash and boo bash. Also volunteer to help set up, implement and clean up one-day special events.
Dog Park Ambassadors (Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Red Oaks)
Become and ambassador and answer visitors’ general questions, distribute park materials, and report concerns or comments to park management. Gatekeepers sign up for shifts to support customer service and park security. Other opportunities include assisting with one-day special events and annual clean-up days at three dog parks.
Golf Courses and Programs
Starters, rangers, cart attendants and pro shop/phones assist at five golf courses. Assist with tournaments, leagues, and special events.
Assist in supporting the efforts of nature center staff by greeting Nature Center guests, caring for captive animals, assisting with nature education programs, scout days and trail walks, preparing program and craft supplies, or maintaining outdoor gardens.
Natural Resources Stewardship
Assist with restoration management of our natural areas by helping with the control and removal of invasive plant species and the collection and dispersal of native plant seed. Field work activities vary from season to season and range from hand-pulling weedy species, to removing large shrubs with had saws and garden loppers. Volunteers should be willing and able to work in a variety of field conditions, including exposure to heat, cold, insects, and poisonous plants.
Be the eyes and ears of the Parks trails by using a formal reporting and tracking process while you enjoy the outdoors as you patrol park trails on foot. Promote safe and proper use of the trails by providing information to visitors on Park rules and policies.
Assist with one-day events throughout the year including Fire & Ice winter festival, the springtime Marshmallow Drop at Catalpa Oaks, mountain bike races, fishing events, County Market events, or Boo Bash and Haunted Hallows events in the fall.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Water Resources Commissioner's Office
Assist with Adopt-a-Stream (stream monitoring and clean-ups) and cooperative lakes monitoring. 248.858.0958
Master Gardener Volunteer Program
The Michigan Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a horticulture education and volunteer leader training program offered by Michigan State University Extension in Oakland County. An interest in plants, a personal commitment to volunteerism and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with others are the only prerequisites for application. Applicants attend classes learning basic horticultural principles and environmentally sound gardening practices. They then provide a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service to their community. Oakland County offers a daytime session in the fall (August-November) or an evening session in the winter (January-April). Each session is 13 weeks and held in Waterford. Linda Smith: 248.858.0887